Ocean rower to leave Saturday from Halifax after two-week delay

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By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax

HALIFAX - Mylène Paquette’s wind has come in, but it’s not quite what she expected.

Mylène Paquette shows her living quarters on her ocean rowboat to members of the media at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron on Monday.

After waiting two weeks for the perfect weather conditions, the Montreal ocean rower will be leaving from Halifax on July 6.

Paquette is embarking on a solo 5,000-kilometre trip across the North Atlantic, bound for Lorient in France.

If she makes it across the ocean, Paquette will be the first North American to have completed the 100-day odyssey.

According to a release, Paqeutte will depart in the early morning on Saturday from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron unless the weather turns bad.

Originally waiting for a north-westerly wind to steer Paquette into the Gulf Stream, this late in the season her ground crew has decided to switch plans because the north wind hasn’t turned up.

She will now head east towards Sandy Island, taking advantage of a stronger south-west wind.


Organizations: North American

Geographic location: Halifax, Montreal, North Atlantic Lorient France Gulf Stream Sandy Island

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